CTCS Grants Automatic Admission to Seniors

The West Virginia Community and Technical College System
CHARLES TOWN–The West Virginia Community and Technical College System (CTCS) has launched a new initiative to help boost the college-going rate of high school graduates in the mountain state. All recent West Virginia high school graduates have been automatically accepted into their local community and technical college. Samantha Godby, communications representative for CTCS, said that this is a great opportunity that all graduates should utilize.

“This is really an effort to push high school students to get that college experience–to start local and find their niche,” Godby said.

“They might not be ready to try a four-year college degree yet, or they just want to start local. Either way, this is a fantastic way to get that experience.”

Godby said that once a student in West Virginia graduates, they should contact either their local community or technical college to discuss financial aid options.

“What they would do is, they would call the financial aid representatives at that institution and see what financial aid packages they are eligible for,” Godby said.

Godby said that programs lasting two years or less, like community and technical colleges, are an efficient and affordable way to receive an education that leads to a tangible career in the mountain state. “Starting at one of the two-year colleges is definitely one of the cheapest ways to save money toward earning a degree,” Godby said.

West Virginia CTCS Chancellor Sarah Tucker shared the same sentiments. According to Tucker, community colleges are the most affordable higher education opportunity in the state, and often lead directly to employment. The result is an affordable education leading to jobs that keep young people in West Virginia.

“Our high school graduates are the future of West Virginia,” Tucker said. “They embody our hopes and dreams for our beloved state. West Virginia’s community and technical colleges want them to know they have a future here. We offer a variety of programs that will lead them to high-wage jobs right here at home.”

Tucker said West Virginia has struggled for years with losing population, as young people leave to find work, but CTCS is working hard to combat this issue.

Every recent high school graduate is guaranteed acceptance, and students are encouraged to reach out to their local community college to learn how to enroll. This opportunity allows students who aren’t sure if college is right for them to try it out for a fraction of the cost.

For more information about this new initiative, call 1-866-TWO-YEAR, or contact Samantha Godby at 304-558-0087.